grande dame

\ ˈgrän-ˈdäm How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \
plural grandes dames\ ˈgrän-​ˈdäm(z) How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \ also grande dames\ ˈgrän-​ˈdäm(z) How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \

Definition of grande dame

1 : a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability

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the city's grandes dames still hold considerable sway in its cultural life
Recent Examples on the Web Prominently perched atop Pat’s Hill, the 267-room grande dame encompasses a spacious 300 acres. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Carla Fracci, Italy’s grande dame of ballet and one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, who was admired for the naturalness and emotional directness of her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Milan. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Kirschenbaum reigned as the grande dame of a group of hard-core fans who populated standing room at the opera house and would flock to the stage door for autographs. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Bidlow is a grande dame of London society with a box at the Royal Opera House, a huge estate, and a younger brother entirely under her thumb. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 18 Apr. 2021 There’s a Loire Valley château, reborn as a grande dame for the modern era. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 The Greeks also foretold the humbling of characters like the imperious Karen Huger, the grande dame turned rental-mansion hopper of The Real Housewives of the Potomac, and Luann de Lesseps, the countess turned felonious alcoholic of RHONY. Anna Peele, Vulture, 14 Apr. 2021 On April 11, the grande dame of Elm Street marks her 100th anniversary in the worst possible way: Doors locked, lights off, dust gathering on the lobby chandelier and the 1,704 red velour seats. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, 9 Apr. 2021 Kirschenbaum was the grande dame of a group of hard-core fans who would flock to the backstage door for autographs and chats., 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of grande dame

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grande dame

French, literally, great lady

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The first known use of grande dame was in 1775

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4 Jun 2021

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“Grande dame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grande dame

: a usually old woman who is highly admired or respected

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